830 posts • joined 23 Mar 2012
Re: I'm not worried
The human brain is very much a physical thing in a very complex system. Thus it needs simulating in that complex system, not in the theoretical "braincell only" simplistic model. At least it seems more realistic to consider the problem being hard. It's always been "just 5 years away", yet we have never yet reached such computing or software level.
The reason it becomes a hard problem, is possibly the same reason it becomes hard to simulate many physical objects and processes in serial. So, for example the human brain has 100 billion brain cells, with even more synapses and connections (with timing and other data being vital to the working process). I'm not able to find out more info, but it seems calculating billions or particles in realtime, only tracking small connected events (collisions etc) is a problem even now.
As an example of something that gets exponentially more complicated, even though it's "simple" and "quick" for nature and physics to do is the n-body system. The more objects we try to calculate the orbits to, the greater the computational power required. So nature and real physics can shortcut some things brute force computation cannot (the age old np problem?).
It's just marketing. Keep skimming off the definitions and requirements until you hit that "intelligence" label to stick on the product.
Even cars now come with "intelligent management systems". It in no way makes it a person or a mind.
Re: An optimist?
If we create AI, and if we can recreate it (as by definition, there should be no obstacle to us rebuilding them), why would they wish to destroy us?
Take pets as an example, only in instances where there is mistreatment do they then attack their owners... oh wait!
Re: Musklerian Jihad when
That and any AI is about as dangerous as a runaway train. In the end it's stuck on the tracks and we can unplug it.
While I love the Sci-Fi and stories of run away robots, we'd need factories and machines with construction abilities far beyond our current, before it would be anything more than a brain in a box flashing red lights at us when angry.
Re: bet this is giving TV Licencing a good idea
What is the definition of "internet"?
TV licensing covers broadcast.
I don't see a specific tax on deliveries and/or telephone communications (other than normal sales tax/vat).
So, whatever hardware/software they tax, I could see someone making a competing "sneaker net" or wifi mesh network.
While it's hard to buy your own broadcast equipment for TV, how easy is it to hook up a rasp' pi or Ardino to an aerial of some sort?
If it's in the type of music, then it's only in part of the industry. Other music is out there, it's just not in the place Apple is looking...
Re: VM for fun and profit?
Upvote for the idea that a Malware could run the OS as a VM inside the malware... wow, that's both scary, and wonderfully awesome.
Most of these activities are skirted by companies already. This just brings it to light.
When was the first time Adobe or similar started bundling in software with downloads? I've stopped using legitimate sites because of the oh so close to tipping into malware software they push on you if your not careful. That's before going over companies like "Youtube" or "Google's" own "legitimate" adds.
Re: That why Microsoft Exchange Online is slow today?
"Average", "Mode" and "Median" can all differ. You can also have the most quiet 25 years, while also having the largest even in the last 100 years, as a single event may not be enough to tip the scales of all the other years...
It's one of the problems with headlines/stat tracking being about "biggest" etc. It's better to look at the whole picture. Though not in this case without some eye protection...
It is a big event though, so lots of data and heads turning to look at it.
Re: Can't believe that I agree with Balmer
I would assume the idea of growth is, at some point to turn that around into massive profits. It's a big gamble, as other companies have no doubt collapsed under their own weight.
Re: Independent Thought
It's the easy buck. Why try to work hard and earn some cash when you can act like a rich eccentric, and hope to win the easy "rich eccentric" pound/dollar.
A bit like the Nigerian and similar scam emails. Set the bar really low, and you hit that untapped market no one else is stupid enough to aim for. :P
The Thames freoze due to the speed of it's flow. Now it flows quicker, and cannot freeze. It was not due to any changes in the temperature.
It may still be the right answer, but the proof is not in the freezing of the Thames.
(Translation from Pirate Speach: Yes!)
But then they cannot see what your doing... ;)
(Not conspiracy, just economy)
Re: Please try to get the facts right
Thanks that makes more sense. I was totally lost on how water could effect the orbit this way.
I'm still totally lost on how water could effect the rotation this way is subterranean. I'd expect some serous surface observations of something happening (outgassing?) is there was that much water moving around down there.
Re: just like water
Nope. We get "taxed" on water collection. A water company owns the basin/collecting area, which covers the entire surface of the land. Including any rain water customers collect.
They pay for the "privileged" to charge for water provision and transportation in the area. Even if it's nature doing the job for them.
Re: The state is the failure
"Anyone can have FM for a one off, minimum cost, and it'll work pretty much anywhere."
And that's why those with vested interest wish to kill it?
You've not played much Kerbal Space Program then?
(Icon fitting to the game!)
Re: 1.3 billion tonnes
That dog story sounds strangely close to this one, just without the dogs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion:_Earth_%28TV_series%29
Re: kill the moon
No one complains that an X-Wing can fly "really fast" because they kept the Sci-Fi in the fiction and story telling category. Fun and entertaining.
But if they tried to say "The X-Wing is really fast, it flies 10mph and gets to the moon in 3 minutes" they can start to sound like a fool. The one place Lucas attempted to do that, with the Millennium Falcon, and he got his parsecs muddled up! That seems to be what happened with Dr Who here too.
The difference is in putting the detail in building the characters and the backdrops and events. Not in completely fluffing either numbers, maths or logic. If they just said "the moons gravity is increasing, we don't know why" or similar, no one has to feel sick with the failure in maths that comes with "it gained 1.3 billions tons!!!"
Worse, that's not how people talk in real life. We care less how much water flooded our house, it's that it did flood. Well, with the exception of news reports that insist on using figures to tart up their dialogue.
Re: Proof of Concept
I wonder though it if would hit a few snags. Things like looking up a list is super quick with QM systems. Getting the list in the first place is the slow part with Bitcoin.
But for running transactions, the it would be the fastest thing!
AFAIK there are a limited number of Bitcoins anyhow, right? So it would just reach the limit quicker and level out sooner?
Or is there something about it I missed?
Re: Take that
That's ok, we can still run up stairs a quintillion times faster than the next Cray computer can. ;)
They are very interesting specimens. Strangely, they can regain their eyes. Seems they never "lost" the genes, they may have just been turned off. Or they are not a new species, and can reintegrate into the eye retaining population.
Sorry, I don't have the papers to hand on it, but a quick google should bring them up. :)
Re: Watchmaker fallacy.
Natural selection can weed out failures. It has little ability to generate success. That is attributed by many as from mutation and/or chance events. In that case, I'd argue that even having a coin flipped that many times can be beyond what "nature" can achieve.
For example we can state some random lists are too long to be generated in the history of the earth, take a two randomly dealt packs of cards appearing the same for example!
Some do not wish to put the entirety of history down to chance events. We know the difference between events caused by laws and events that are random (if we allowing for randomness in our worldview).
Life specifically does not look random. We call it something else when it is not random. Should we argue if we call it by a different name?
Re: My theory...
After using it, they may as well call it "Bricked"...
Re: Windows 'ACE'
You joke, but I remember the days of changing the Windows logo at login to say all that... well, kept us amused for half an hour. :D
CEO: "Mobile is going to kill us, what do we do?"
Director: "No problem, we can do a better job than the mobile market at killing ourselves!"
CEO: "Um, that's not what I meant..."
Re: "mobile first, cloud first"
That's the nice thing about Google (and by extension Apple iOS cloud services). I know they have all my data, I use their services for the quick search that uses the info they have collected.
Windows and Linux (etc) is for local private, safe and reliable use. I don't want the two mixing (go away Ubuntu searches through Amazon!!!).
Re: Oxygen not new - some is, but not a lot yet!
Oxygen 16? As long as it's not Ice-nine being produced!
(Very interesting in how there are different types of each atom/element :) )
Re: Stunningly obvious 'discovery' - H2 verses H2O
It's the protons that have been around for a long time, and will do for much longer. ;)
"opens up the idea that water may be found elsewhere in the universe. And, where there's water, there is life."
Part a) is a given, assuming the laws of physics applies elsewhere in the universe.
Part b) only applies if assuming an infinite universe (resulting in infinite possibilities) or if we assume it's easy for life to appear.
Most people subscribe to a), not everyone subscribes to b) as it's pure assumption until we see evidence.
At a guess... would "to be destroyed" worlds be the best ones to pick up bargains? "50% off Everything must go"?
But also, if (in this entirely theoretical situation) you could travel to a parallel universe, taking things from one about to be destroyed, is less morally troublesome than taking from others. So if you want a "free" iWatch, just borrow it from the universe about to be squashed by a big supernova. They won't miss it anyhow.
But if that is what the "Authority" is doing, it's rather greedy, considering they could instead transport people out of those worlds...
PS, mine is the one with the map for survival in the pocket.
20 mice. TWENTY? What ever do you need that many mice for?
Upvote for mentioning the wibbly-wobbly rotatable desktop cubes as fun but not very useful (I fail to remember if I got Lunix up and running, or if I just watched the videos on it).
Downvote for suggesting MS should ditch the start bar, for any reasons!
Re: Makes sense
They don't monetise the game or platform. You monetise the users (either directly selling their data, or indirectly selling advertising/causing vendor lock in/educating them to like your products).
You don't pay 100 billion because Facebook might make money one day. You pay 100 billion, as that's a lot of power and control the website has with peoples lives. Similar for the platform and community that is "Minecraft".
Re: It's excellent
But can you mouseover on the tree version?
(PS, there must be an app for captions when holding the phone over the images... there must be?)
4 or 5? Does that mean FB should have sold for a quarter or less of its stock value? ;)
Money and cross site data collection/whatever they do now.
So much easier to connect with Skype or loads of other services (Adds) and targeted adds when you know which bit of data from site A to link to site B even though the user has not specifically told you they use both sites.
Hmm, I guess it's more complicated than that. When you get down to that size, even making something simple as a spring holds leaps and bounds worth of discovery.
Why was it not Android in the first place? Any takers?
Re: Rampant Imaginings
Oh, we can totally do that for you, we can do ANYTHING!
(Great Sketch in the following video!)
Re: List maker
No need. If it's a phone it will already be tracking your location. Within reasonable accuracy, using the right data collection, they could just build a list of what you purchased by where you walk in the supermarket.
The one with the Android in the pocket that found out he was at the car garage so pushed tire adds the moment the browser opened up. Yes, it was a strange feeling of abuse!
Re: Is the default for apps to want everything?
Yes, a messaging app asks for contacts. :P
However the problem is what other stuff they do with it after this, and also why it cannot be sandboxed/spoon fed this data... though I assume that's because they could not use it for advertising if they did that.
(All my old "dumb" phones asked for data/contact/read/write permission on a per use bases or I could grant open access... strange the more advanced the OS the less restrictions applied to the apps.)
"The mobile operator then hopes to make back that subsidy over the life of the contract."
Not in the UK anymore AFAIK. They now charge for the phone on a separate finance package (either interest free or with interest, but still assumed they get a discount so make money off it somehow).
This is for a couple of reasons I guess. We buy, rent or finance. Everything else gets messy, or is less than honest on the details. The old way is also unsustainable as customers get wise, buy your phone for £50 on contract, then don't use it, or use another company (sim car or VOIP etc) to avoid the companies charges and it never makes it's money back.
Re: OK so
I've also heard that in astronomy, differences in measurements can be one or two orders of magnitude out.
I'd guess it's because things like the min/max and average vary so greatly, referring to one instead of the other can cause confusion (such as the thickness of the Galaxy vs it's length).
That and at extreme distances, it's much harder to tell. Though in this instance the Sun is much closer for us to make accurate measurements. So, as mentioned above, it's down to the difference in the edge, middle (peak?) and end of the flare. :P
No. Nothing like a Samsung. Exactly like a LG or even cheaper handset though!
Re: Helium 6
Not only that. Keeping Helium in place is difficult. It could escape and all go wrong!
Re: its not what you say
That particular market is best served with just more of the same, no? Price up the new stuff instead, and offer the existing for the same price (which works out as price hikes in both directions, but subtly hidden).
Perhaps we need a new headline?
"Shock Horror, Hawkins Hawken up the Wrong Tree with His New Theory!"
Or he is just trying to grab some space on some headlines with some tongue in cheek comments. It's if he believes them that it's a problem...
It's like worrying about time travel because all we need is more energy than is in the universe to make it possible. ;)
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