2686 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
>is it self-awareness or just a simulation of such?
does it matter? (That's the round two question for you!)
Would that affect how you treat them?
If so, how can you justify treating humans differently? You have no way of knowing if the people around you are real, simulated, or a figment of your imagination. You just need to act in the right way regardless.
Re: 'who wouldn't want the talky-toaster from Dwarf?'
It persuaded Holly to trade run-time for IQ.
re: 'once they look sufficiently human.'
I'm not too worried what they look like, but if they are individually sentient and intellectually capable, I would expect to treat them as equal.
I'm not going to treat an automatic vacuum cleaner as an equal, but an Artificial Intelligence would deserve respect.
" to power a craft from lift-off and back to landing"
...more than once
I should have added
"Hello to Jason Isaccs"
Re: Tennis in 3D yesterday
>The jitter wasn't too bad
That's a ringing endorsement, that!
> a good plot
Sorry? was there a different one I didn't see?
I saw one whose story line had been bent around the opportunities for special
deffects . Those effects were very good, and the world created fantastic. But Plot? meh.
@ElNumbre Re: Cinema
Hence the Wittertainment code of conduct. http://www.bbc.co.uk/5live/films/code_of_conduct.jpg
If those sales figures for the XPS10 are right, they could double them by putting linux on them
And the headline reduction is in the connection fee. Who gives a stuff about the 1-off charges? it is the recurring cost & service level that matters.
i had no idea people thought the problem was to the right of the decimal place.
Re: The OEMs sort-of deserve it
>I would be interested to know what other "box" you think the OEM's should
>of been building,
They could have - and still could - offer exactly the same box with a working Linux installation. Nothing stopped them doing that.
Except bullying by Microsoft
I might experiment with my old idea of 'meshing' all my family internet feeds together between the houses
>not all of us have facial hair and aged over 80
I'm bearded and barely over 60
Listening to who?
They had a pre-release period of up to a year during which testers and pundits were telling them TIFKAM was broken: they didn't listen then. The system builders wanted to install start-menu (not button) patches and it was forbidden, instead of listened to. After the launch they were told it was wrong, and went on the offensive about education & practice.
The only people they have been listening to are their own sales force sying 'we can't shift this carp - do something'.
Missing the point.
Yes, end-to-end encryption is clever for pre-established links. But it's poor at widespread dissemination, which is (I imagine) the mode intended for this font.
I thought all transistors were quantum. Only, you know, just a little bit?
<-- That one might be mine
Re: strange when I walk around naked covered in paint
It is strange if you do it in January. Though you need less paint.
<- is it me, or is it cold in here?
trying to get the share price down?
I suspect he read Gerald Ratner's biography
<-- mines got the £1.99 bling hanging out the pockets
Re: Microsoft: "We're always listening to our customers"
To be fair, it must be monotomous, when 80% of what you here is someone saying "jesus christ on a bike, what is it doing now?
Scientists reduce the amount of stuff needed to make people go "err, right..." to 4 photons
1366 x 768 ... stop reading at this point.
You know me so well.
What is the matter with these people?
Nextb week's news
HSBarclyTSB announce ATMs will not issue cash unless the NFC is working 'for added security'.
Don't understand the 'turd garden' reference. Ultimately /all/ gardens are turd gardens.
Places where interferrence is unlikely because of channel allocation plan suffers no interferrence!
So, that's the laws of physics confirmed again. Well done.
Re: 1366 x 768 screen ?????
That is the one thing putting me off this now.
Great Britain and Australia can successfully ban guns because they are island nations.
How did the IRA get theirs then? How do a few thousand people and industrial quantities of heroin get in every year?
am I strange?
I welcome a few hours without gadgets.
Re: The real reason they want them turned off
I find it odd that they make you take off headphones at the end of a flight 'so you can hear the announcements', but they don't wake up anyone slumbering at that point.
Why not treat the phone contract like hire-purchase. Once its paid off it's yours and you can do what you like with it.
And, while we (they) are enacting freedom, lets make it illegal to force you to buy widnoz with a 'puter. Then we will see you enacting from principle, not vested interest.
Re: A journey of 1000 miles begins with one step. ~ Lao Tzu
Absolutely. Start running the company yourself, not letting foreign corporations run it for you. Take yer own decisions!
Tell you what, Ray
here's what you need to do:
1. use a decent screen resolution, worthy of the second octile of the 20th century. Not x768, not x1080. We don't all want wide screen TVs, some of us want a computer.
2. Either a minimum of 4 USB ports (all USB3, of course) or ship with a wireless mouse so we don't lose a USB all the time to a plug-in for a mouse. You could offer an optional wireless optical drive too, while you are at it. And 4 USB anyway.
3. Bluetooth. And Let us bung a SIM card in for connectivity if we want, too. My Dell mini-10 cost less than £200 and has bluetooth, sim slot, camera and microphone all built in. You could throw in a bluetooth earpiece too, that parks inside the case or wall-wart for storage and charging.
4. Use bog-standard memory and hard disk interfaces so we can upgrade when we want. It's our sodding computer. It doesn't have to be as thin as a sheet of cardboard. If it is, it will probably break. Oh, and a plug-in battery so I can change/upgrade it later when its knackered and the 'puter isn't.
5. SD card slot. Full-depth. So I can leave a card in all the time if I want. Better yet, two of them.
6. Firewire. Thunderbolt. HDMI. VGA adaptor cable in the box or as an option. Ethernet, or adaptor cable in the box.
7. Touchpad with buttons, not the-corners-are-the-buttons. Adjustable sensitivity for 'tapping', including OFF. (as in FRO?)
8. One of those wall-warts with plug adaptors based on a figure-8 mains adaptor, so we can swap them or use a longer cable if we want. Oh, and stick 1 or 2 USB headers on the wall-wart so I can also use it to charge some other stuff from the one socket in the hotel room.
9. Touch screen if you must but not as an excuse for charging a thousand quid. Meh.
10. As others have said, A CHOICE OF SODDING OPERATING SYSTEMS. Not one rammed down our throats like a randy Geordie lasses tongue on a saturday night, all fags and curry, leaving a nasty aftertaste.
the PR people need to go to the same place as all the lawyers.
The B ark ?
Re: Unfortunately for Microsoft...
Nor The Independent:
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...
Re: "Microsoft honcho pleads with media: 'Stop picking on us!'"
Tell you what, Honcho, ship 8.1 AND 7 and tell us which people buy.
The hunt for 'the god particle' is over. Now we are looking for 'merlin matter'?
Fix that for you
Re: Kids should NOT be allowed.
>At what age do Humans begin to make 'rational decisions'?
I can only give you my own experience:
about alchohol - 23
about sex - maybe 25
about tool purchasing - 45
about going into SPACE - I'm 62 & I wanna go NOW! - call it, oh, 106?
I fasted for a week for Christian Aid in 1974. Drunk water & black tea. It can be done. Kept working too, though I stopped driving after 3 days.
I might do it again some time.
Re: only made it to suffolk?
He said "third world" not "stone age"
No-one is getting /any/ money from me, /no matter what/ if it says 1366 x 768 on the box.
Re: "Microsoft has a diametrically different view about verticals than Google,"
>a tick box to specifically remove price comparison sites
Oh yes. And vacuous -strings-of-towns- ones. (http://www.britevents.com/whats-on/lincolnshire/guthram-gowt/?category=theatre etc.)
>In this analogy, the payday lender is the financial equivalent of a sex offender.
but that's true, although the sex offender may have some shreds of empathy with the victim.
We could have had a couple of funerals for that!
So we can stop feeling sorry for them for bumming out in Farcebuk?
tracks left by the Martian Tripods yet?
Nah. That'd be a million-to-one surely?
No pics of short chaps in cowls carrying bits away as scrap!
Re: Like for like
>Linux-hostility from teachers
They are a weird bunch, aren't they?
A couple of years ago someone on here recounted the tale of his kid's IT teacher saying "No-one uses keyboard shortcuts." I asked around, and the schools round here thought that too.
Re: @gcarter 12Apr13 21:42
>Also because it was practically impossible to get hold of a
> netbook with built in 3G, Bluetooth etc. etc.
My Dell mini-10 has both. Shame that Dell never took the product line forward. Cost me £189 with ubuntu, and the only thing wrong with it is the hideous x600 vertical resolution - which they kept a deadly secret when they sold it.
I sort of don't mind correcting google 'cos its free. TomTom, however....
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