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Comment: Re:Buridan's Principle (Score 1) 162

by Agent0013 (#47927127) Attached to: Developing the First Law of Robotics

If this is the kind of research that Microsoft puts out, then I have an even lower opinion of them than I did before.

from the article

Random vibrations make it impossible to balance the ball on the knife edge, but if the ball is positioned randomly, random vibrations are as likely to keep it from falling as to cause it to fall.

I have a hard time believing that there is a 50 percent chance that a ball will balance on the edge of the knife. First she says it's impossible, then in the same sentence she states that it is just as likely. WTF!

Comment: Re:The fancy ones are expensive.. (Score 1) 67

by Agent0013 (#47918413) Attached to: A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech
Ok, so you were imagining words rather than letters. I was thinking a screen of the letters, so the 4 or 5 breaths is for one letter, not a whole word. I guess that helps out some, but it seems like a lot of words would be needed to be able to say what you want. And now you need different breaths for up, down, left, right, and click. Spelling a word with Morse code might take a little bit of time, but searching through many screens of words to find the one you want will take a while also. Morse code might be a non-starter for people who can't read, but so is searching through screens of words!? I guess in the end it would have to be tested to see which one is more efficient or easier to use.

Comment: Re:The fancy ones are expensive.. (Score 1) 67

by Agent0013 (#47917135) Attached to: A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech
I don't see how waiting for a cursor to scroll through the alphabet is going to be quicker than doing 4 or 5 quick breaths. One takes a second or so per letter (Morse), the other will take at least 10 seconds to get through the alphabet to the letters near the end. If the cursor moved to quickly you would miss your letter too often. Then you have to move the cursor through the whole alphabet back to the start again and try to stop at the letter you want so you can click-breathe. Yeah, I would go with the Morse code on this one for speed of entry.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 90

by Agent0013 (#47916813) Attached to: MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered
Yeah, but you probably would have told them the wrong thing. You don't need the force to push you forward, you need to push down. I was watching a show the other day where they discussed how they train runners to get faster. You need to hit your feet down on the ground as hard as you can, and then you will go further on each stride and keep the momentum going. Only at the start do you need to push forward with the force.

Comment: Re:First world problems. (Score 1) 608

so choose not to add it to your playlists. Really simple. If it's not in a playing playlist, it won't play.

Yeah, soo simple to do. Just wait until there are hundreds of albums added every day to your account because Apple gets paid by the distributors to get the songs out there. Then it will take you hours to search through your music collection just to find the music you actually want in your collection.

I find it humorous to think what would happen if the media contained something where mere possession is illegal, like child pornography or terrorist handbook texts.

Comment: Re:What they don't tell you (Score 1) 588

by Agent0013 (#47820215) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

By contrast, it can be handy in women who are breastfeeding. One of the ways to help with production is apparently drinking hoppy beer. (obviously not just before feeding the kid)

Or you do drink the alcohol before feeding the kid and then they sleep like a baby. Wasn't it advised to mothers to drink whiskey or something like that. And beer was supposedly good for pregnant women back in the day also. Probably not the same kind of beer we have today. I know back far enough beer used to be more like a liquid bread.

Comment: Re:And? (Score 1) 289

by Agent0013 (#47818555) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Can it swerve across the side walk when necessary? Can it make a blind turn past an obstacle just having faith that opposing traffic goes slow enough so they can stop in time? Can it turn on a single lane road in unison with lots of other cars when the road is blocked, judging the sides of the road accurately so it doesn't get stuck?

I can go on and on and on, just like any normal person who often drives in urban environments. Even the motorway isn't safe from the sort of shit which would make anything we could program today barf. Something simple like temporary lanes indicated by obstacles and traffic wardens can occur in so many different ways that it becomes impossible to handle. Or lets say we get directed through narrow bits of the shoulder for road works or an accident and the car decides to stop because safety margin aren't met, lets just make hundreds of people wait. Best not have a small car, or some very helpful folks might park your car in the ditch for you once they understand the cause of the hold up.

It's a pipe dream until we have human level AI.

It's so funny you mention these things that the car is already doing. I just watched the youtube video someone posted of the car driving around. And it handles the orange cones and constructions signs just fine. You even get to see the computer drawing the new lane path as it crosses over into the other lanes. It's almost like the smart engineers already thought of these things that a car would have to do and started solving the problems involved. That's a lot more that what you are capable of with your identifying the problems and then saying it can't be solved.

Comment: Re: But is it reaslistic? (Score 1) 369

by Agent0013 (#47815941) Attached to: Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

You cant be serious. Private industry fought all past attempts to screen passengers because of the inconvenience and cost. They even fought the Air Marshalls proposal way back when. Only the government mandates from 9/11 made any significant difference. Even then the airlines industry balked fearing it would adversely effect air travel and thus their bottom line. In addition to that, if each company was responsible for their own security they would no doubt have a system with substantial discrepancies in procedures and safeguards.

Exactly. It is called the free market. If I don't want to be groped or nudie-scanned, I can go to the airline that does effective and decent security. Imagine that, having the right to choose who your business goes to. Oh, but you don't believe we should have rights, do you?

APL is a write-only language. I can write programs in APL, but I can't read any of them. -- Roy Keir