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+ - An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI->

Submitted by malachiorion
malachiorion (1205130) writes "If you're into robots, AI, you've probably read about the open letter on AI safety. But do you realize how blatantly the media is misinterpreting its purpose, and its message? I spoke to the organization that released letter, andto one of the AI researchers who contributed to it. As is often the case with AI, tech reporters are getting this one wrong on purpose. Here's my analysis for Popular Science. Or, for the TL;DR crowd: "Forget about the risk that machines pose to us in the decades ahead. The more pertinent question, in 2015, is whether anyone is going to protect mankind from its willfully ignorant journalists.""
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+ - Philae's bumpy landing->

Submitted by lexsco
lexsco (594799) writes "The BBC has an article showing photos of Philae's landing taken from Rosetta. They show it's position at various times as it bounced across the surface of the comet and it's final resting place. It looks like the probe is receiving some sunlight, so here's hoping that it is enough to charge the batteries up."
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+ - Data Transmitted Across Vienna Using Twisted Beams of Light-> 1

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "The city of Vienna has hosted a laser light show with a twist, with University of Vienna scientists having tested a new way of transmitting data over a light beam. The technique, which exploits classical and quantum mechanics, promises to provide the ability to send much more information through the air much more securely."
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Comment: Re:Ticket ToS (Score 2) 226

by Arathon (#47677471) Attached to: Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League
this is pertinent, but doesn't affect copyright law, which in most countries exists regardless of and completely separate from most contractual agreements.

as I mentioned elsewhere, they might have standing to eject you from the stadium over a breach of this contract, but that doesn't mean copyright law is applicable.

Comment: probably BS (Score 1) 226

by Arathon (#47677453) Attached to: Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League
It would certainly be a violation of copyright law to repost a broadcast of the game. But taking your own video seems like creating a derivative work, if nothing else.

They would be within their rights to ban the usage of video recording devices inside the stadium, because it is ultimately private property and you've paid to see a performance. They would probably even be within their rights to sue you for breach of contract by making nonuse of recording devices a condition of your ticket price. But failing that, and failing a willingness to sue over it, I don't see how it could fall under copyright law.

Comment: LINPACK/LAPACK/Netlib (Score 2) 314

by Arathon (#37527420) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Successful Software From Academia?
right up front: I know about this only because I work for these guys, but...

there's a whole host of Linear Algebra-related software written for high performance computing environments that is attributable largely to various teams of academics throughout the past 30 or so years. It is my understanding that these libraries get used by most anyone doing high-performance computing.

Comment: SmugMug (Score 1) 680

by Arathon (#34948830) Attached to: How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?
$40/year, unlimited storage, unlimited uploads, will keep things private, and unlimited traffic for the photos you want to share. They use Amazon's S3 server system, which is the platinum standard in digital archival safety. Plus, they're cooler than Flickr. The only way this doesn't work is if your internet connection isn't pretty decent. Then, keeping up with the uploads could become a pain.

Halo Elite Cosplay Puts Others To Shame 115

Posted by samzenpus
from the using-your-time-wisely dept.
AndrewGOO9 writes "Pete Mander, a special effects artist from Ontario, Canada seems like he might have either had way too much time on his hands or just really enjoys Halo. Either way, this is one of those costumes that makes all of the cosplayers at a con feel like their best efforts just weren't quite up to par."

Comment: Re:Just what we need (Score 1) 1100

by Arathon (#29208233) Attached to: Global Warming To Be Put On Trial?
Millions of scientists? Really? This is one of my least favorite arguments for anything scientific, ever. Let's all please face the truth that the vast, vast majority of scientific theories (even those which have been firmly established for centuries) have only ever been verified by numbers of scientists in the thousands, if not hundreds. Most science, while still good science, isn't something just anyone can verify. And it is not remotely true that millions of scientists have somehow verified the current theories of global warming.

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