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Comment: Goal Post: Mysticism (Score 5, Insightful) 285

by Altanar (#47421621) Attached to: The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

The machine's designers must not be able to explain how their original code led to this new program.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. I have severe problem with this. This is like looking at obscurity and declaring it a soul. The measure of intelligence is that we can't understand it? Intelligence through obfuscation? There should be no way for a designer to not be able to figure out why their machine produced what it did given enough debugging.

Comment: Re:We have an advertising bubble... (Score 1) 154

by Altanar (#47081421) Attached to: Agree or Disagree: We are in another tech bubble.
Sure give them that information. Then ask them this question: Would they rather see advertising and have that information tracked, or would they rather pay a monthly fee to use Google services? I have a feeling you'll be severely disappointed in the number of people who would rather have their information tracked.

Comment: Re:every optical disk writes full disk in three mi (Score 1) 250

by Altanar (#46452087) Attached to: Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward
Just nitpicking, but the write speed of a dual-layer Blu-Ray disc is nearly 12 minutes at 16x. What I'm mainly worried about is that the spin rate of a plastic disc has a definite RPM speed limit. I think we've all seen the videos of what happens to discs that are spun too fast (and if you haven't, there's some neat videos of it on YouTube). Will these archival discs be made of a different core material to facilitate faster spin speeds?

Comment: Console killer? Really? (Score 0) 263

by Altanar (#44823073) Attached to: Valve Announces Family Sharing On Steam, Can Include Friends

"Valve's attempt at a console-killer"? Really? No, this is Valve's panicked reaction to what had been the Xbox One's planned digital game sharing, which MS had to temporarily shelve while they re-wrote how the Xbox One handles disc-based games. If you don't remember, the Xbox One was originally going to let any console owner set 10 people to be members of their family sharing plan. Those "family" members (MS stated that they didn't have to be family), could then check out any game out of the owner's library at any time.

Here's the difference between the two plans:

Steam: If the owner of a shared game wants to play any game in their library, any person playing the shared game will be booted, even if the owner wants to play a different game than the one being shared. You are accessing a shared account, not a shared game. Also, Steam knows this immediately. The person accessing the shared library "will be given a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing." You can infer from this that shared gaming will not support offline mode... I.E., Always-on internet access is required to access a shared library.

Xbox One: The system treated shared games as a temporary license transfer. The library wasn't shared; individual games were. Your friend could play the game you lended to them without interrupting your play of any other game on in your library. To handle this license sharing, the Xbox One would, once per day, detect the status of the games and licenses on a console. Despite the constant FUD, the Xbox One *never* required an always-on connection. The requirement was for the console to be connected to the Internet at least once a day while the system did a license check for lended games.

So yeah, you can call this a great accomplishment by Valve and their "console-killer" if you want. You can hail the greatness Valve. But you have to ask yourself, why when Microsoft did it, were they burnt the stake and when Valve does it they're uplifted as a savior?

Comment: Re:How to simulate dialup (Score 5, Informative) 120

by Altanar (#44722929) Attached to: BT Prepares To Pull Plug On Dial-Up

Exede user here. Here's my typical experience with my satellite connection:

  • Minimum latency: 700 ms
  • Download speed: Paying for 12 Mbps. Real speed: around 20 Mbps. Yes, actually faster than advertised. However, due to the built-in latency, websites feel a little slower to load.
  • Upload speed: Paying for 3 Mbps. Real speed: Usually 1 Mbps. They obviously put low priority on uploads.
  • Data cap: 15 GB/month. However, data is unmetered between 12 AM and 5 AM.
  • Internet access Essentially unfiltered. Bittorrent is throttled. However, enabling protocol encryption bypasses the throttling.

My main issue with Exede is that it's DNS is flaky and sometimes requires me to cycle my network connection to fix. Even worse, it uses a proxy to hijack all port 53 DNS requests, so you can't choose an alternate server with the standard port. Netalyzr's log info on this:

UDP access to remote DNS servers (port 53) appears to pass through a firewall or proxy. The client was unable to transmit a non-DNS traffic on this UDP port, but was able to transmit a legitimate DNS request, suggesting that a proxy, NAT, or firewall intercepted and blocked the deliberately invalid request. A DNS proxy or firewall caused the client's direct DNS request to arrive from another IP address. Instead of your IP address, the request came from [Redacted]. A DNS proxy or firewall generated a new request rather than passing the client's request unmodified.

But other than that, it's still a *vast* improvement over the dial up I had for 15 years.

Comment: Re:Windows 8 (Score 1) 255

by Altanar (#43612721) Attached to: How often do friends/family call you for tech support?

Metro is intrusive? Your inexperience with Windows 8 is showing. If you're using the desktop, you'll likely only ever see the Start screen for a couple minutes in several hours of PC use. Even then, for most purposes, it works exactly like Windows 7 and Vista. Hit windows key->start typing to the first couple characters of the program you want->hit enter. You don't ever need to use the tiles unless you have some urgent need to use non-desktop apps. Even things like the classic control panel are still there and are easily accessible via a large shortcut on the the "Computer" section of Explorer.

Unless they're coming from Windows XP, almost all the behaviors from programs they know and love should work exactly like they did in Windows Vista and 7.

Comment: Re:Brilliant (Score 1) 194

by Altanar (#43591029) Attached to: New OpenWRT Drops Support For Linux 2.4, Low-Mem Devices

The main problem I've had is that every newer router I've tried in the 3 or 4 years have has had horrible reliability problems... dropped connections and the like. I got tired of messing with them and spent the $50 on the WRT54GL (which is what it's still going for on Newegg: and haven't had an issue like that since. Sure, the wireless is slower, but my WRT54GL's been running stably and consistently despite not having been rebooted in over 2 months. whereas the newest router I had required a full router reboot every couple days. That wasn't my doing. That wasn't a faulty hardware. That was the default setting in the router's setup page under its "maintenance" page. The default setting had the router set to reboot on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Do they make new routers that can maintain a stable connection for under $100?


4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the take-a-look dept.
SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown