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Comment: Re:TL;DR People doesn't understand the Turing test (Score 5, Insightful) 129

by DMUTPeregrine (#49011445) Attached to: Replacing the Turing Test
The problem with the Turing Test is that it's so often done wrong. The test is supposed to be adversarial, with two humans and a computer. One human (the investigator) has two terminals and can communicate with the other human and the computer, but doesn't know which is which. The goal of the computer is to convince the investigator that it is the human. The goal of the second human (the foil) is to convince the investigator that he or she is the human. This is then supposed to be repeated with different investigators and foils, and only when a statistically significant portion of the investigators fail is the test passed by the computer.

Investigators should be trying to find which one is human, not simply chatting with the computer. Too often people are simply connected to a chatbot and not told that it might be a computer until after the fact, no foil is involved, etc. The test is also often declared to be passed if even a single investigator fails.

Comment: Re:Chrome needs load tabs on demand. (Score 1) 117

by DMUTPeregrine (#48848405) Attached to: With Community Help, Chrome Could Support Side Tabs Extension
Except that a single tab pretty much never dies. I've not had that happen for quite a while now.

In fact, it stopped happening about the time I uninstalled all plugins (flash, Java, etc). Probably not a coincidence. I use Chrome for the few things that need Flash, which is thankfully getting even rarer these days.

Comment: Re:islam (Score 1) 1350

by DMUTPeregrine (#48761685) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ
"And in fact the criminals who murdered these 12 people are not followers of Islam though they claim to do it in the name of Islam."

BULLSHIT. That's a simple "No True Scotsman" fallacy. It's a religion, they follow the religion. An extremist, homicidal version, but it's still Islam. Just like Anders Behring Breivik is Christian. Their versions of these religions are sick and twisted, but they're still Islam and Christianity, respectively. All it takes to be a member of a religion is to claim belief, and (for some) to go through an initiation ceremony (eg baptism).

Comment: Re:Well Then (Score 2) 148

by DMUTPeregrine (#48761419) Attached to: Tips For Securing Your Secure Shell
It's not even about evilness.

The NSA has a summer program where academic mathematicians (professors) can go to work. Back in the late 90s, my father (a mathematician) participated. Of course, he had to get security clearance, so they know everything important about him.

He's now quite vocally against the NSA and their dragnet spying.

If they're not paying special attention to former employees, especially former employees who worked on the actual crypto math, and especially former employees who publicly voice their disagreement with the organization, well, the NSA would have to be utterly moronic.

It doesn't take evil to be a target.

Comment: Re:Multi Transport Navigation (Score 1) 421

by DMUTPeregrine (#48731455) Attached to: What Isn't There an App For?
Even better, the natural extension (that google maps can't do, not even partially at the moment): allow you to purchase tickets if necessary for the trip, in one go.

EG plan a trip to a different city. Public transit from Hartford, CT to NYC, NY, takes two busses and a train. I should be able to go to google maps, plan the route as normal, click the "public transit" button (that exists), select one of the departure times, click "buy" and have it buy me bus and train tickets for that route. Instead, I have to track down the various means to purchase tickets on several different transit system's websites.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.

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