58 posts • joined 25 Oct 2012
Re: Let a thousand flowers bloom
I'll echo thanks for this, but I will say that trying to emulate pre-cortical brain structures is unlikely to elicit much excitement from the general populace, who won't consider something intelligent until it can speak their language. Kudos to Jeff therefore for trying to build some models of much higher level stuff.
Regarding private sector need for results - not so long ago the main driver for results was the military, and I don't think that private enterprise's goals are much more worthy. Better to strive for a better understanding of who we are as humans than settle for models that can help us to destroy or one-up each other.
So how big was it? Small is relative. Article is lacking in useful information.
"I don't particularly agree with a lot of the actions of the music corporations, but how is trying to stop people illegally access your copyrighted product without paying for it censorship?"
Definition of censorship: The use of state or group power to control freedom of expression or press, such as passing laws to prevent media from being published or propagated.
Re: Wait, what?
Multicore programming has been in Java since java.lang.Thread. And if you think that lambda syntax is cleaner and more maintainable than the explicit API of java.util.concurrent, well, all I can say is you're going to be creating jobs for contractors for years to come.
Not so hard
When Virgin sods up my cable connection yet again, I can always rant about it via 3G. So why shouldn't the reverse be true? Likewise I can go use a connection at work or round a friend's.
Quite a lot of people have more than one way of connecting to the Internet, old chap.
This is all totally pointless because if the bad men know you have a secret they will force you to tell them the secret (give you the keys) or they will do nasty things to you (like imprisonment, thanks Paul Beresford!).
The only workable solution is one whereby you don't have a secret that is detectable by any known means, i.e. steganography. This puts the burden of proof on the courts to show that you actually had a secret in the first place. Of course, it's still not 100% watertight because it will probably be countered by a Yanukovych-style squad of hit men who will come around and anonymously break your kneecaps because you made life difficult for them anyway.
Deploy, then test. No, wait, was that right?
Re: They are slimy
Broadband is fast but even with a rock solid fibre optic network they still manage to have network outages lasting several hours at a time, at least as frequently as DSL providers. I'd rather have something slower where I can actually do stuff more of the time.
Re: One question...
Also, when they have finished eating all their target bacteria, they die off because they don't have any food any more, instead of hanging around damaging anything else.
Re: What took them so long?
All of this together means that there's relatively little money to be made from them for most applications.
And now we see the real reason that big pharma has been persuading the medical establishment in the West that they're too risky.
What, you mean outright lying? Because that's what Huawei is doing here.
Re: Verifyable and open standards @Steve Knox
I'm going to call bullshit on both of those statements as I have implemented directly from RFCs perfectly easily before and know many others who have; and generally the "off-the-shelf" source code is targeted towards the app it was written for rather than being a generic library, and in the case where it is a generic library it's often too generic for the purpose or usues the wrong paradigm (e.g. push rather than pull).
You're running Windows, so you clearly enjoy a load of crap being installed on your machine.
It's not theft of the content, at any rate (since the owner is not deprived of the content).
You can use 'an' before a word starting with h only when its first syllable is unstressed or where the h is silent (e.g. 'hour', or 'herb' if you're American). In 'hotel' the second syllable is the one with the stress so 'an hotel' is fine. The stress on 'hallucinogen' is /ˌhæl.uː.ˈsɪn.ə.dʒən/ i.e. the first syllable has secondary stress.
there is a significant difference in an intoxicant and an hallucinogen
there is a significant difference between an intoxicant and a hallucinogen (NB 'hal' syllable of hallucinogen has secondary stress and 'an' is therefore not appropriate)
Re: Click, wait, click...
(Alternatively, open Terminal.app . Type 'mv', drag victim file from Finder window and drop onto terminal window, type new name inside quotes, press return)
I love having all my files in my home directory as well.
Do No Evil
Perhaps Ford are finally trying to make up for all those donations to the Nazi party and the Ford Pinto case.
Or maybe they're just trying to make money.
Re: What about the elephant?
The Queen is just a symbol representing the country; it's exactly the same situation when you take a commission in the military.
It's a bit like putting your hand on your heart when you say "I solemnly swear..." - nobody is actually claiming that the heart is actually the centre of honesty and probity in the body, it's just a representative symbol of such.
Re: Nice to see them catch up with the girls
[quote]Given that the last Census shows that 59% of the country is Christian[/quote]
...given a census with the following multiple guess options:
1. Christian good next door neighbour
2. Mujahideen terrorist*
3. Om chanting unwashed hippy*
4. Atheism is not a religion, we'll just put you down as Christian
5. Something else*
*by selecting this option you give permission for jackbooted police to kick down your door
Re: Ah, his scumbag is
I agree, it's pretty boggling.
1. Revenge porn
3. Socialists are evil
Re: Unless this is actually an advertising piece, I suggest this conclusion is wrong...
ICT or drama
Since ICT as she is taught in modern British schools is to computer science as the quickstart guide to Mario Kart Wii is to mechanical engineering, I humbly submit that your progeny made a superior choice with drama.
More like co-opting system when Valve are involved. These guys are going to make Canonical look like champions of user freedom.
Trivially avoiding anti-parody trademark suits
These are ridiculously easy to avoid if you think for 2 seconds about it.
Simply replace "National Security Agency" with "Notional Security Agency", reverse some of the colours in the logo and add and/or remove some of the embellishments. People will still know exactly what you're talking about.
Based on this logic, during the time that being gay was a criminal offence in the UK, you would propose to gay people "just don't be gay then".
Re: Wait, hear that?
Of course, when you do upgrade, we'll do exactly the same thing to you again a few years down the line. And that's a promise.
Re: So who still thinks software patents are a special case?
Logic is a mathematical construct. All software is an expression of that logic. Therefore all software is a mathematical construct and should not be patentable.
The processing that goes on in your brain can be expressed as a mathematical construct. An idea is an example of the processing that goes on in your brain. Therefore an idea is a mathematical construct and is not patentable.
Re: I don't see this as an advantage.
People wrote good apps in BASIC, and that was brutally limited and unsophisticated.
Grow up and get over your entitlement issues.
Thank God for that
We were in danger of losing our Quintessential Pirate Nation Award to the Somalis.
Re: This is not new
Generally the County Record Offices these days are wise to this and busily converting everything to PDF/A, which Vint seems to have completely overlooked.
Re: @john 19
After all their products, outside of the styling, may as well have been made from a parts catalog of components on offer by other companies.
OS X: made from bits on offer by other companies.
Re: Waste of Space (Don Jefe)
There is no right or wrong in this case.
Of course there is: software patents are wrong. I think everyone else in this thread can see that.
Google not evil enough
If Google had been Microsoft, then when they acquired YouTube they would have started dropping support for H.264 in favour of WebM - not across the board, but selectively, gently and quietly, until enough of the clients it didn't control implemented WebM well enough. Then they could just drop H.264 completely since virtually everything that could view YouTube could use WebM to do so.
Unfortunately they were too concerned with scraping the pennies from every last corner under the sofa by giving consumers what was convenient for them at the time, and dropped the ball.
Re: If we don't protect the speech we hate...
The problem with invoking freedom of speech or censorship arguments here is that the means by which the information is published has moved on rapidly from the concepts that ideals of freedom of speech and censorship were supposed to address.
If you as a person stand up and say "I believe X", whatever X is, then you should not be punished for it (although you may be criticized) and you should not be refused publication based simply in the argument you present. That, I think everyone can agree on.
If an untraceable anonymous publication is made that urges people to kill their neighbours and rape their wives, does this deserve the same degree of protection? Arguably, by remaining under the veil of anonymity, you forfeit your right to publication in any case - your posts can be removed and it's not censorship - because you're not opening yourself up to proper criticism or legal recourse should there be any. In traditional media, it's the difference between publishing a scientific paper expounding some theorem (which the majority may well disagree with or object to) versus scrawling graffiti in a public place. You're not going to argue that the council can't remove the graffiti? It simply doesn't deserve the same degree of protection because the author is not accountable.
The Start Menu is mostly good for 2 things: (1) to launch applications, and (2) to log out, reboot, or shut down the computer. If the Start Button jumps immediately to All Apps, it solves the first problem. Show me where in the new interface the new user (former Windows user) is supposed to discover how to log out.
Re: So wait, these services aren't competing on merit?
As a tech-savvy person ... I don't see why everybody is in a privacy tizzy. Maybe if somebody at Google was reading all my email ... then how is that a privacy issue exactly?
Hilarious, keep it up.
When you use the means at your disposal to attack civilians rather than soldiers, we usually call this terrorism rather than war.
So cyberterrorism would be a better term than cyberwar. Now it's for the Americans to justify their budgets and resources dedicated to terrorism.
So if I total my car into a brick wall completely destroying the reg plates, the insurance won't pay out?
I don't think so.
Re: Get yourself issued with two notices for two different car parks at the same time
Presumably the Aussie wasn't insured, either.
One way ticket
At least you might not feel quite as bad that it was a one way ticket. In fact the prospect of an early demise might come as a welcome relief.
Re: You what?
Google need to seriously look at addressing this with manufacturers who are ruining UX - *why* do it?
There are two main benefits for them. First, they need to have an identifiable brand to promote. If they don't do this then there is no reason for you to buy from them instead of their competitor in the first place. Secondly, once you have bought from them before, they want lock-in, even if it's soft. There has to be some kind of inertia that makes it easier for you to buy a new product from them instead of from their competitor. Being used to a UI that works in a certain way, rather than an unfamiliar or unknown one, helps to achieve that goal.
Re: Inquiring minds want to know
Will the new audio drivers mean PulseAudio finally works?
Let's not get ahead of ourselves!
Before the Israelites invaded, the Holy Land belonged to the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. But that's not important right now.
Re: Is it really surprising....
Except that there is actually no difference between them, not something they like to admit.
Re: Politics and science
He is talking to them. He's saying they're wrong.
Too poor to pay for food?
Try giving up ownership of a smartphone.
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